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Back to School Guidance 2021-09-15T17:21:53-06:00
Welcome Back to School!

We are excited to welcome students safely back to school! COVID-safe practices are in effect, and masks are NOW REQUIRED in all school buildings, regardless of vaccination status.

Here’s what you need to know:

New Mexico is experiencing a statewide surge in positive cases of COVID-19. As a result, all preK-12 schools are shifting to a universal mask mandate, regardless of individual vaccination status. Masks should be worn:

  • in a school building
  • on school transportation
  • at an indoor school-sponsored event

Masks are recommended but not required while outdoors.

Find more information here.

(Próximamente información en español)

FAQs coming soon

Back to Class

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on education: Students have lost traditional instructional time, and educators have had to pivot, adjust, and learn new instructional strategies over the past school year. The NMPED has developed the Roadmap to Accelerated Learning and Renewal that builds from the lessons we learned through the pandemic as essential elements to renewal and an improved education system for the state.

Are You Connected?

The New Mexico Public Education Department launched NM Student Connect to help students and teachers who currently lack high-speed broadband internet service or devices get access to the internet. The NM Student Connect Help Desk can help eligible students’ households sign up for the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program. For info click here or call 1-888-723-4505.

Check out New Mexico’s Roadmap to Accelerated Learning and Renewal

NMPED Covid-19 Response Toolkit for Public Schools
September 14, 2021

Additional Resources

Archived Resources

School Site Visit Status Forms

September 2, 2021 Toolkit
August 24, 2021 Toolkit
August 23, 2021 Toolkit
July 26, 2021 Toolkit

  1. April 22, 2021 – NMDOH: New Mexico K-12 School COVID-19 Testing Program
  2. April 22, 2021 – NMDOH: COVID-19 Testing in New Mexico Schools Training
  3. February 5, 2021 – NMPED: CTE Guidance: In-Person and Hybrid models
  4. January 24, 2021 – NMPED: Support for High School Seniors During SY 2020-2021
  5. December 7, 2020 – NMPED: Family Engagement Guidance
  6. November 10, 2020 – NMPED: School Activities: Guidance During the Covid-19 Pandemic
  7. October 5, 2020 – NMPED: Science Lab & Materials Safety
  8. October 5, 2020 – NMPED: Classroom Math Materials Safety
  9. October 2, 2020 – NMPED: New Mexico Outdoor Learning
  10. September 11, 2020 – NMPED: Guidance for Librarians
  11. August 7, 2020 – NMPED: Guidance for Schools on Tribal Lands
  12. August 5, 2020 – NMPED: NMPED Reentry Webinar Series
  13. August 4, 2020 – NMPED: Memorandum Regarding Staff Reporting During Remote Learning
  14. July 30, 2020 – NMPED: Guidance on Attendance Policies for Reentry
  15. July 29, 2020 – NMPED: Guidance for Supporting English Learners and Bilingual Multicultural Programming During Reentry
  16. July 29, 2020 – NMPED: Guidance for Supporting Native American Students
  17. July 29, 2020 – NMPED: Guidance on Educator Evaluation for School year 2020-2021
  18. July 28, 2020 – NMPED: Guidance for Pre-K Programming During Reentry
  19. July 27, 2020 – NMPED: Guidance for Remote Instruction
  20. July 20, 2020 – NMPED: Comprehensive Instructional Support Including Priority Standards for Reentry
  21. July 13, 2020 – NMPED: Guidance for Special Education upon Reentry
  22. July 10, 2020 – NMPED: Guidance for Virtual Classroom Considerations
  23. July 9, 2020 – NMPED: Graduation Guidance for Hybrid and Remote Learning
  24. July 8, 2020 – NMPED: Guidance for Instructional Acceleration
  25. July 8, 2020 – NMPED: Guidance on Formative Assessment and Identifying Learning Needs upon Reentry
  26. July 8, 2020 – NMPED: Guidance on Grading Policies for Reentry
  27. July 6, 2020 – NMPED: Supporting Student Teachers During Reentry
  28. July 6, 2020 – NMPED: CTE Guidance for Reentry

Please direct all health related inquiries to 1-855-600-3453
Para assistencia con situaciónes de salud pública y coronavirus, llamada 1-855-600-3453

For education related inquiries, please call the PED at 505-827-5800
Para assistencia con situaciónes educación, llamada 505-827-5800

OSERS/OSEP will continue to work with state and local leaders to identify any additional areas where it can provide information to support stakeholders in their important work.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit:

ED COVID-19 Information and Resources

U.S. Government COVID-19 Information and Resources

Page last updated September 15, 2021